Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Former Twins Hardy, Ford help beat Minnesota

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: March 17, 2013 - 2:55 PM

SARASOTA, FLA. -- The Twins were no match for the ex-Twins on Sunday.

J.J. Hardy hit a long home run off Minnesota starter Vance Worley, and Lew Ford drove in three runs, and the Baltimore Orioles coasted to a 7-1 victory over the Twins in Ed Smith Stadium.

Worley allowed three runs in four innings, but his problem in the two-run second was that Baltimore didn't hit the ball hard enough. With the bases loaded, Chris Dickerson dribbled a slow grounder just barely out of Worley's reach for a run-scoring single. Then Ford followed with a ground ball directly at shortstop Pedro Florimon, but the ball reached him too late to turn an inning-ending double play.

Florimon did take part in double plays in the first and third innings, however.

The Twins managed only six hits off Orioles starter Steve Johnson and three relievers, and avoided the shutout only when Brandon Boggs lifted a Jair Jurrjens pitch over the right-field wall in the ninth inning, the reserve outfielder's third home run of the spring.

Matt Weiters also homered for Baltimore, a two-run shot off Casey Fein.


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